Guest Post From Jenni Bolton

“Mine! Mine! Mine!”

This is what my 4 year old screamed recently as he realized I bought food for us to share at Chick-fil-a instead of his own box. Hits were exchanged between brothers and melt downs ensued. Humiliated, I snatched him up and left pronto, and my response to him was not calm to say the least. Anyone feel me?! It’s times like this and countless other difficult parenting moments, that the enemy whispers these lies over my mind-

-You’re not good enough.

-You don’t have what it takes.

-You can’t do this.

-You’re weak.

-Everyone is doing it better than you.

-You’re a failure. Their behavior is you’re fault. Change is not possible.

-You’re drowning in your trials.

-You’re not seen or loved.

Gods Word says, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith.” 1 Peter 5:8-9

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭

I think the biggest battle we face isn’t all the crazy things our kids do everyday, it’s the battle of our minds. Satan wants to devour us and he does this by deceiving our minds. Our thoughts turn into feelings, and our feelings flow into actions. The thoughts are not the problem, but only when we take them as truth and let them dictate our actions. Last year, I really came to a broken place as our family was facing some major challenges, and was sick of the enemy’s lies being louder than Gods Truth. I went and bought a $2 index card flip book, and starting filling it with verses to fight back against the lies. I call it my “Battle Book”, and I take it everywhere I go and speak scripture out loud and pray them over my life and family. Gods Word is the only book that’s alive and active and can heal, restore, redeem, and transform our minds. I can truly say it’s done all these things for me! As our mind is healthy and saturated with Gods truth we can overflow His heart and perspective to our kids, spouses, and community.

Trust me when I say I’m a work in progress over here, but I’m fighting for Gods voice to be the loudest in my mind, because it’s a fight that matters for now and eternity! So today as I battle lies like the ones I listed above, I’m preaching to my mind & heart these Truths-

-I don’t have to have what it takes, because God does- Ephesians 3:20

-Its ok to be weak, because in my weakness He is made strong- 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

-I can’t do this, but God can- Isaiah 41:10

-I don’t have to be good enough, because Gods grace is sufficient- 2 Corinthians 3:4-6

Change is possible, because nothing is too hard for God- Jeremiah 32:27

-My worth is in Jesus, not my kids behavior. Failing at times doesn’t make me a failure- Psalm 37:23-24

-I don’t have to be the best or be like everyone else, because we are all running our own unique race for His glory. Psalm 139, 1 Peter 4:10-11

-Trials will not drown me, they will strengthen me- Romans 5:3-5, Isaiah 43:1-3

-I am seen & loved by God- Zephaniah 3:17

All we need to do is simply be still and lean into Gods infinite ability, strength, grace, love, truth, and wisdom to battle our motherhood journeys daily. There is no lie you are battling today that God’s Word cannot overcome, so go make a battle book, this momma is cheering you on!